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Journey to Indonesia

With foreign nationals from over 100 different countries working and residing in Addis, the capital could arguably be considered as one the most diverse cities in the world. Inhabitants ranging from the Far East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East call Addis Ababa their home – at least temporarily – and it would not be an understatement to say that the city is a melting pot of cultures.

First Ethiopian comic book hits the shelves

Jember comic book has made a splash in the comics and visual storytelling industry of Addis. Many are happy there is finally an Ethiopian superhero they can point to. Available in both Amharic and English versions, Jember tells the origin story of a young underemployed man called Aman and his transformation into Jember, an Ethiopian superhero.

Film festival for film buffs

You are sitting in a dark room with lots of people, looking at a bright screen, being entertained. Sounds like a movie going experience? Sure, but a film festival is a different thing all together, different from the universe of cinema.

Fashion for the curvy

Sewit Haileselassie, 29, is a self-described ‘happily curvy’ woman and mother of two. She is wearing a stylish burgundy button-down under a knit greyish sweater and sports and trendy pixie-cut hairstyle.

African Film Week in Addis

Organized by Goethe Institute and curated by Katarina Hedren from the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg African Film Week featured 5 films by African filmmakers.

Saving the natural mainstay of the capital

They call it “the lung of Addis Ababa”. And it does not take long for anyone who sets foot in the area to understand why. With the best panoramic view of the city, Mount Entoto is home to diverse flora and fauna. The taciturn, yet breathtaking Entoto Natural Park is part of the chain of mountains on the northern part of Addis.

Mussolini in Ethiopia

History books are not easy to read; even when you are reading one for the first time. And while leafing through the pages you will feel a sense of déjà vu like you have already read part of the book somewhere else which would make you lose interest. Of course, historical facts often remain the same but it can be highlighted, distorted, or interpreted from different angles to fit one’s own personal views or political agenda. As a result you either agree to flick through the pages or continue to argue with the book.

“Best” artists in film, music recognized

Leza, a radio show on Sheger FM 102.1 hosted by Berhanu Digaffe, has been organizing Leza Awards for seven years now. Recognizing talent by a selection of musicians and filmmakers, it has been one of the platforms where local artistic excellence is celebrated.